February 22, 2024

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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a Delta Boeing plane lost its front wheel before takeoff

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a Delta Boeing plane lost its front wheel before takeoff

A tire on a Delta Boeing commercial jet fell off the steering wheel in Atlanta.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it will investigate after a tire under the front nose of a Delta Boeing 757 jet fell off a wheel and rolled onto a nearby bridge.

The accident occurred Saturday around 11:15 a.m. local time at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia while Delta Flight 982 was taxiing before taking off for Bogota, Colombia.

In an air traffic control audio recording included in a report from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a controller is heard alerting the pilot to the situation, saying: “One of your nose tires just went off, just came off the runway behind you.”

The report also says the tire landed on the south side of the runway, under an embankment.

Following the accident, passengers and their luggage were returned to the station via buses and their departure was delayed. The passengers were put on another plane to their destination, according to the FAA report.

The Federal Aviation Administration said no injuries were reported in the crash.

In a statement on Tuesday, Delta apologized “to its customers for the inconvenience.”

News of this Boeing incident comes weeks after a mid-cabin door seal fell off during boarding on an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 9 and days after the Federal Aviation Administration recommended flight operators inspect another model of Boeing aircraft.

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On January 5, a door seal fell off an Alaska Airlines plane after takeoff from Portland to Ontario, California. The airline said earlier that six crew members and 171 passengers were on board Flight 1282.

The cabin pressure dropped shortly after takeoff, and the pilots requested an emergency landing, according to a transcript of the air traffic control call from LiveATC.net.

The door was found several days later. The NTSB is investigating the incident.